• Welcome to the ENJC

    Welcome to the ENJC

    The ENJC is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue of approximately 300 families. We are truly multi-generational; our youngest members are infants, our oldest are in their nineties. On any Shabbat, you can find three generations of the same family in our pews. We offer something for everyone by meeting our members' needs for spiritual, cultural and social connection to the Jewish people. We are known as the “haimish shul,” so visit and spend a Friday evening or Shabbat morning with us and see for yourself!
  • Hebrew Reading Course

    Hebrew Reading Course

    Learn or sharpen your Hebrew, from Aleph to Tav, in a 5-SESSION COURSE, Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm: January 29, February 12 and February 26. Enrich your Jewish identity, participate more fully in our prayer services, and be an example to your children and grandchildren. RSVP by calling the synagogue office, 631-368-6474 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read More
  • Shabbat Across America

    Shabbat Across America

    Synagogues across North America will come together for this Friday night celebration, uniting hundreds of Jews for Shabbat! Join us for an evening of ruach and ice cream, and dress your patriotic best in red, white and blue. Friday night, March 1.
  • Share Purim With Your College Student

    Share Purim With Your College Student

    If you have a child or grandchild in college, send them a Purim Shalach Manot goody-box filled with treats and fun! Click the READ MORE button to register your student. Read More
  • Sisterhood Presents....

    Sisterhood Presents....

    Chaya Tilden will speak at our next Sisterhood General Meeting, on Tuesday, MARCH 12 at 8:00 pm, on "Loaves of Love." Come make your own challah!
  • Purim Storytime

    Purim Storytime

    Children 18 months – 7 years will love Purim Storytime, with Purim-themed tales and crafts! Come to Barnes and Noble in the Huntington Square Mall, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, on Sunday, March 17 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am and share in the fun. Free and open to the community.
  • Purim Celebration at the ENJC

    Purim Celebration at the ENJC

    Children of all ages can enjoy our Purim festivities on Wednesday, March 20. There'll be activities for kids starting at 6:30 pm, with mask and hamantaschen-making, a special Purim spiel performed by the Daled and Hay students, and delicious treats.The Megillah reading for adults will begin at 8:00 pm.
  • Czech Torah Webpage Project

    Czech Torah Webpage Project

    As owners of a Czech Torah Scroll, the ENJC joins a community of over 1000 scroll-holders around the world. These scrolls miraculously survived the Shoah and were brought to London in 1964. On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019 our scroll will be a part of the first gathering and procession of Czech scrolls at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Read of the history of the ENJC Czech scroll by clicking on the Read More button. Read More
  • Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Rabbi Silverman's Adult Education Course

    Derekh eretz is the code of behavior that binds us to each other as human beings and as Jews. It means acting decorously and with respect toward all. Students explore the development of morality as a key component to holiness and how it becomes a fundamental value in Judaism in the contexts of governing, wisdom, emotional balance, sexual and gender matters, public debate and more. Classes meet Thursday evenings, from 7:15 until minyan. Classes: 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20.
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Deuteronomy begins with the statement, Hoyil Moshe Baer et Hatorah Hazeh, explaining that Moses explicated a Torah document in his last month of life, reviewing it and reflecting upon its meaning. Interestingly, the commentator Nachalat Tzi notes that the word "Baer" should really be the infinitive of "to explicate," leading to a rich additional meaning: that Moses himself had become a "be'er," a wellspring–a Maayan mitgaber, an everflowing fountain of understanding and insight into the profundity of Torah and a fountain to express it to the people.

Look at how far Moses had come, from a person who stuttered and felt he couldn't communicate! He actually exhibits that fear of public speaking. Being summoned by God himself at the burning bush, for most of us, would have been sufficient inspiration. But Moses argues with God, "God, please send someone else..." While here, in Deuteronomy, we see a Moses who is actually a co-author of the fifth book of the Torah, which is the written transcript of his explanatory comments before the people in his last month of life. It makes us ponder that sometimes it's very important to break through perceived limitations no matter how much we hold on to them.

We sometimes have no choice. There are things that make us uncomfortable and situations we avoid. We have notions of our own limitations and we proceed in life pretty much trying to avoid them. We cannot but take them into account. Yet that does not mean that we should be defined by them and ruled by them.

Actually we have words for this, which is a bit of psychobabble, but we call them our fears and our phobias and our "I'd rather nots." An internet site that Google brought me to tells of the six most common of phobias. I'll stop at six because on the seventh we rest! The first most common phobia is mysophobia, the fear of germs. People who succumb to it look like they have OCD, but actually they just have mysophobia. The second most common phobia is pteramahamophobia, or fear of flying. Most of these folks cannot be coaxed onto a plane for even the most important family reunions. Then there is the socialphobic, who has a fear of social gatherings and especially public speaking. Such folks are found inside their homes most of the time. There is the tryptanophobic, the one who fears doctors appointments and especially needles, and the astarophobic who fears thunderstorms. I had a dog like that once, which was so phobic that it ran under the bed, shaking, during thunderstorms. Finally, we end on the six most common of phobias–the cynophobic, who fears man's best friend, the family dog.

Often, people who have severe manifestations of these phobias are doomed to being limited by them, preferring not to confront them. But most of us are somewhere in the more midrange of the spectrum and need, bluntly, the "courage to confront them." Scientists have shown that many of these conditions can be cured by the method of successive approximation–the facing of lesser to eventually more intense examples of the phobia. For instance, with a fear of snakes, folks start with stuffed animal snakes, then eventually rubber ones, and then finally the courageous at heart are ready to encounter and hold a boa constrictor. A willing heart can hopefully one day master fear and reluctance.

Moses is a case in point. This was a guy who didn't like speaking in public. "God," he said numerous times, "I am slow of speech, I stutter, I am heavy of tongue." God's responds with, "Take Aaron with you and he will speak for you." Moses reluctantly agrees and then grows into the job. First he has Aaron as a spokesman, then he lets Aaron hold and use his rod while Moses himself speaks, then Moses has the rod and speaks without Aaron there, and then he speaks without the rod and commands respect. During the plague of locusts, he not only speaks, but by darkness his rod touches heaven. Moses becomes not only great in the eyes of the Hebrews, but he is eventually more greatly respected by the Egyptians than even their Pharaoh. By the time of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses cannot help but wax eloquent. He's a cross between Shakespeare and Churchill. Two-thirds of the Book is Moses's compelling oratory. He cannot stop talking and motivating. 

Heres a poem I wrote, inspired by this evolution:

Moses at first was so reticent
he claimed that he couldn't speak.
He hemmed and he hawed, how could he present?
He had no charisma or cheek.

God said 'enough, Aaron's your mouthpiece.
I'll tell him just the right words to say.
Just take this miracle rod at least
when to Pharaoh the visit you pay.

Moses agrees but soon we shall see
that Aaron's the one with the rod.
Moses is talking quite capably
a switcheroo that is quite odd.

Soon Aaron is along for the ride;
the staff it's not mentioned at all.
And by the fifth plague Aaron's not by his side,
Moses as leader stands tall.

By locusts Moses is raising his staff,
by darkness his hand touches the sky.
At the start, sure he's nervous, his speech full of gaffes
and now get a load of this guy!

At first Moses stutters and mutters,
for talking he hasn't the bent.
But by the fifth book, he elegantly utters,
he's compelling and eloquent.

It gets us thinking, does it not bro,
that our potential we often abort,
when we limit ourselves by saying "no"
when at times we are selling ourselves short.

Learn from Moses that sometimes hard toil
is the way to excel and exceed.
Low expectations are so often our foil
they stop us in way's we'd succeed.

To be honest to ourselves is to admit that we can't do everything well. But our self-imposed limitations so often keep us from even trying. May all of us take stock of our assumed and ingrained limitations. Perhaps we will ask, "Is it really so," and then work on these phobias and limitations. May we, like Moses, blossom into something we never knew we could be, by trying and by working at our phobias, foibles and false assumptions, and let us say, Amen.

Leadership

  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President
  • A Minyan Plea from Rabbi Silverman

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I was asked to participate in a Multi-Faith Peace Rally at the Community Growth Center in Setuaket ,NY, along with other faith leaders, that include Father Pizzareli, Kadam Holly McGregor and Mufti Farhan, among others. Our task was to pick a special prayer from our tradition and to explain why it is precious to each of us. This is what I chose to say for this MLK Day Peace Rally.

The Sabbath morning prayer, Yismach Moshe b’matnat helko, goes this way: Moses rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did you give him? 
A diadem of glory you placed upon his head. 

Moses​​ rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did you call him? 
You called him a faithful servant. 

Moses​​ rejoiced in the gift of his portion. 
And what did he carry in his hands? 
In his hands he brought down the two tables of stone.

Moses was so gladdened by a gift of portion because God called him an eved ne’eman, a faithful servant, and placed a crown on his head as he stood on Mt. Sinai. Written on the two tablets in his hands was the keeping of the Sabbath Day.

Why do I love this prayer? I love the fact that Moses is spoken of as God’s faithful servant. What was it that made him that faithful servant and what, as well, can we learn from Moses about being a faithful servant?

Our sages teach: Moses was a Noseh Be Ol, a person who had empathy; a person who bore the burden of others. When Moses became a young man, looked upon the Israelites and saw their torment. His reaction?  Midrash tells us that he put his shoulder to the wheel to lend a hand. When a slave was being beaten to within an inch of his life by a ruthless slave master, Moses looks to and fro, vayare ko v’b ko vayare kilo ish, right and left, to see if there were any men around. He looked not because he was afraid witnesses, but because it says elsewhere in the Torah “in a place where there are no men present, be a man.”Stand up for the true and the good! Moses, keenly aware of the burden placed on others, saved the slave from a brutal death.

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I am writing this article while the temperature is in the single digits outside. The conversation at work will be all about the weather. The media had predicted the storm of the century over the weekend, and the roads were going to be a skating rink. As a result, many people cancelled their plans because the impending forecast scared them all. Yet, all we got was a heavy rain, which, had it been snow, would have been over a foot. The weekend weather projections are typical of today’s society, seeing the negative and never praising the positive. Well, I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the good.

We just had a very busy weekend at ENJC. After the Friday night service, a group of about 25 congregants participated in our annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. The Seder has been a Brecher tradition, with even my daughter, Amanda attending, except in the years that she was away at college. It was an enjoyable evening, led by Rabbi Silverman and Cantor Cohen, with a feast of fruits, nuts and grape juice, and the very special muffins made by Carolyn Gilbert. Thank you to Wendy and Ed Isaac for shopping and setting up the Seder. I would like to give a special Thank You to Carolyn for not only making her special muffins, but the significant time that she has spent cooking and helping out during Religious School. I know that the children have been enjoying her tasteful treats.

The highlight of the weekend was the outstanding job done by David Kessler for his Bar Mitzvah. David wonderfully executed his Haftorah, which, according to Rabbi, is the “mother of all Haftorahs,” chanting swiftly and easily, to perfection, in front of a turnout of in excess of 110 congregants, family and friends. David and his family spoke very highly of his Bar Mitzvah tutoring by Lisa Maron. David is the fourth student trained by Lisa, but the first Bar Mitzvah to work exclusively with Lisa, the other three having started with other tutors. We are looking forward to the next six students who have been working with Lisa.

Now that the winter holiday season is behind us, the nights are busy at the shul. Successful events never happen unless properly planned. Of late there been meetings to discuss this year’s Purim Event. Please mark your calendar for the evening of March 20th. Details to follow in the ENJC weekly and the March bulletin.

The Security Team has been meeting to discuss our game plan to prioritize the use of money from the grant we received toward the areas of greatest need. The Financial Team is analyzing our operating costs so that we can operate efficiently and not eliminate anything that makes ENJC the shul that I am proud to represent.

Remember that you, the congregants, are the ones to make a difference. Please help support the daily minyan! Besides the five congregants saying Kaddish, Rabbi will be saying Kaddish for his Mom. We can always use your help at 8:15 Sunday through Thursday night.

Hopefully, when you read this, the Groundhog will not see his shadow and Spring will be coming soon.

I will continue with my positive thoughts and not complain about the negatives in the world.

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A Plea to the Congregation from Rabbi: Support Our Minyan and Worship With Us On ShabbatWe Need Everyone To Pitch In

There is an old joke about a young man who walks into the High Holiday Service and is greeted by the usher. The usher asks if he has paid his dues. He replies, “I’m not a member. I’m just here to give my grandfather a message.” After a short reflection, the usher tells him, “Okay but don’t let me catch you praying.”

This is about hoping that we will catch you praying. We want you to pray in our lovely Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services, our brief evening weekday and our Sunday morning services. To not pray, you see, is no laughing matter, for you miss something significant by not making prayer a part of your life. You miss helping our synagogue fulfill its basic function to comfort our mourners, and you miss in our communal effort to celebrate the world at large, the Torah and God, each Shabbat.

Rabbi Hana tells us that in the Talmud, the prophet Bilaam, seeing Israel’s true power and majesty, blesses not only the tents and dwellings, but the streams and rivers. Why are streams and rivers part of the description of Israel? To stress that just as streams and rivers purify, so too does Torah study and prayer purify us. But I would add a second element: Just as streams and rivers are the circulatory system of a geographic region, so too is prayer the circulatory system of the Jewish people. Prayer nourishes us and uplifts the spirit. It allows us to move from station to station as the days fly by, and it allows us to mark our journey through the calendar year, from Rosh Hashana to Shavuot and back again. Our minyanim are the pulse of our institution. Prayer is heart work and each of us must keep our communal heart pumping.

Our liturgy offers multiple reasons for prayer: to express gratitude to God, to praise God, to petition Him– Prayer seeks to establish a connection, a dialogue, with the transcendent force we call God. Prayer affords us different things at different times. It can foster a sense of reflection and perspective. It roots us to our ancestors. At other times it offers us a sense of renewal, recommitment and re-involvement. But most of all, we pray for two reasons: 1) To provide the pulse of our Kehilla Kedosha, our Holy Community. In so doing, we take care of the needs of those who are grieving, provide a format to hear a little Torah and to celebrate our children and fellow congregants; and 2) We provide proof to God that our hearts are still open. A midrash tells us that each of our souls is a God’s candle. When we bob up and down while praying, we are mimicking the flickering flame. Show God you are still flickering, in spite of disappointments and failures, in spite of efforts of enemies to crush us, in spite of old habits, in spite of all our heart’s wrestling. God hears the prayers of a broken heart, but also the happy heart. Keep all lines open and relish the heavenly connection, ushering God’s presence as a part of our minyan.

We are in urgent need. We need more effort from every single member. Many of us resolve, each new year, to exercise on a regular basis. In this new year of 2019, exercise your soul muscle on a regular basis too! Let us catch you praying! This year make it your resolution to attend once or more a week, so that our minyanim will be transformed from challenged to a vibrant pulse.

Minyan takes place each weekday at 8:15 pm, at 7:30 pm the first Friday of each month and 8:00 pm on other Friday evenings, at 9:15 am Shabbat morning, and 9:00am on Sundays

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Week of Monday, February 11

Mon-Thurs, 2/11 - 2/14
Weekday Minyan – 8:15 pm

Friday, February 15
Evening Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 16
Shabbat Morning Service – 9:15 am

Sunday, February 17
Morning Minyan – 9:00 am
Evening Minyan – 8:15 pm

 

 

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The East Northport Jewish Center
328 Elwood Road
East Northport, NY, 11731  

Phone: 631-368-6474
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